Independent Restaurant with a per-person check average of more than $30 First Place: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle, Chicago
Mark Mednansky, chief executive officer, Del Frisco's; Thomas Dritsas, vice president/corporate executive chef, Del Frisco's; Jennifer Maloney, national accounts manager, Edward Don & Co.; Roger Mellum, director of national accounts, Edward Don & Co.; Kurt Newman, vice president of eastern sales, Steelite; John Miles, president, Steelite; Jim Clemens, president, Clemens Profit Group; Greg Meyers, sales manager, Lodge Manufacturing
China: Steelite (Madison, Taste)
Flatware: Steelite (Baguette)
Glassware: Steelite (Bordeaux Riserva, Water Kalix)
Accessories: John Boos, Lodge
Why it Won
This nice mix of items works together to make a cohesive tabletop that's simple yet elegant. The tabletop facilitates intriguing food presentations that allow the menu to be the star of the show. The classic flatware and the glassware support the overall tabletop by contributing to its elegance.